“Besigye is confusing opposition to keep Museveni in power”-Abed slams Besigye

DP acting secretary general Gerald Siranda, Bwanika and Kakande addressing

The rift between other political parties and the leading opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party is deepening as they accuse FDC of failing their struggle for change. Parties subscribing to the Democratic Party (DP) bloc claim the four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye and FDC are only confusing Ugandans for their own interests.

The DP bloc is an alliance of opposition parties; People’s Development Party (PDP), People Power pressure group, Social Development Party (SDP) and Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). These joined DP to form what they termed a formidable force to defeat the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) in the 2021 general elections.

The alliance targets to use a model of fronting one candidate in all elective positions right from the topmost position, something FDC has rejected. Addressing journalists at the party’s weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala yesterday, the PDP president, Dr Abed Bwanika, said Besigye as an individual and FDC were becoming a big hindrance towards the Opposition’s agenda of fronting a single candidate to contest against President Yoweri Museveni.

“We are seeing Besigye and his team confusing Ugandans that there is no reason for us to bring a unified candidate. We hear them talk about a case in the Supreme Court. First of all, FDC did not go to court, that case is for the people of Uganda,”

Abed Bwanika

He stressed that whether there is a case or not, Ugandans are demanding a change, the reason “why we must unite and work together”. “Let us unite for a cause and forget the past,” Bwanika said.

DP’s publicity secretary Kenneth Kakande said the DP bloc and the party’s top organ had appointed and allowed the party president, Norbert Mao, to start dialoguing with other parties who want change. The bloc has so far identified three personalities from whom they intend to choose their presidential candidate, including Mao (DP), Gen. Mugisha Muntu (ANT) and Robert Kyagulanyi (People Power).

“We are tired of leaders who keep bickering over non-issues and those who are selfish. We should put our interests aside and focus on change,” he said.

Kenneth Kakande

FDC’s deputy secretary general, Harold Kaija, said the bloc should stop speaking at press conferences and mobilize the public because “words can’t remove Museveni”.

“We asked them to have a public dialogue for each party to show what each party has and come up with a common goal but Bwanika refused,” he said.

Harold Kaija

Kaija also wondered why they want to ally with FDC, yet they were accusing “us of working for Museveni”.